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Grand Electric Carnival from Eighth and K Streets
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Sacramento Room Photographs
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Gazing eastward, down K Street, is the camera that captured this photograph, taken on the evening of September 9, 1895. In the middle of frame is a pavilion of light, sitting over the intersection of Eighth and K Streets. It was estimated afterward that it drew nearly 60,000 participants with 30,000 of that number travelling to Sacramento from out of town. What they saw was an estimated 25,000 lights, many of them adorning floats which were paraded around the city via the following route: starting at Twentieth and J Streets, proceeding down J Street, up K and Tenth Streets, south to P Street, and out P Street to Fifteenth Street. The carnival and parade were held to celebrate the 22-mile transmission of hydroelectric power from Folsom to Sacramento during July of the same year, an event that would stand as the first long-distance delivery of power – 3,000 kilowatts of electricity – that the world had ever known.
Street Scenes
Festivals and Celebrations
Sacramento Room Photograph Collection

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